Mon 26 Mar, 2012
Tags: Annunciation, Benedictine Sisters, Prayer
Mary’s visit by the angel Gabriel announced the coming of a new age, one rooted in the love God had for all people. Mary freely chose to allow God’s grace to work in her life, and through her choice, God with us, Immanuel, was born.
Reading the gospel passage for today, one is struck by two things. One, God chose the time, the place and person through whom the Divine will would act upon humanity. Mary was a lowly woman, unmarried and a daughter of devout Jews who were bringing her up to take her place in society, as a wife and mother to a man. God’s power worked through all these circumstances.
The second thing that strikes the reader is that Mary did not overshadow God’s work, did not become the center of her world, but rather, became the handmaid of the Lord. She allowed God’s glory to take center stage. She served the Lord’s bidding, not her own.
Mary is the quintessential saint. She pondered the words of the messenger and in turn became the messenger with the boldest word, “Fiat.” May she intercede for us that we too may become the servants of the Lord Most High.
Lord, who came down from heaven and stayed in the womb of St. Mary after making the annunciation to her through his head of angels, is blessed.
The Lord is blessed whom the heaven and earth, angels and mankind are praising always.
Oh, Lord, let the intercession of your mother be a fort for us all. Peace be unto thee, Mother of the Sun of righteousness. Peace be unto thee, the palace of holiness. Peace be unto thee the ship full of blessings. The fruit of your virginity is blessed.
Holy Mother, please pray for us, so that we would also be holy like you in our lives. Lord have mercy upon us.
Lord Jesus, who was kind enough to take the presence in humble virgin, kindly live in us and redeem us from the strong bondages of sins and death. Lord make us good and worthy divine homes, so that you could stay in us.
Lord who had been kind enough to take the human body from the virgin, unite us all in your peace. Unite us all with your grace. Fill your love in us so that we could share the love with you and among us all.
Make us worthy to praise thee with your blessed Mother and all the saints.
Holy virgin Mother, you are blessed, By thy prayers let the Holy church and her children be saved from all sorts of calamities and let all the departed get forgiveness for their sins. Amen.
(prayer courtesy of prayer-and-prayers.info)